By Iliana Ramirez
Once a year, independent record stores all over the world celebrate the culture around records and independent record stores. This day is officially marked as Record Store Day and will be celebrated this year on Saturday, April 13. To commemorate this, these record stores participate in releasing exclusive vinyl and CDs. These stores also celebrate by throwing day parties, having in-store performances, and even giving those first in line free breakfast.
Music lovers consider this a holiday as they are able to get their hands on limited releases from some of their favorite artists. Record store day is essentially the Christmas of the record store community, and in the weeks following up to the special day, independent record stores receive boxes of limited-edition records. In these weeks, they prepare for customers to pour into the store, searching for exclusive content from their favorite artists.
Besides the limited releases of records, another large aspect of Record store day is the support for independent record stores. The vinyl industry is one which has had its ups and downs. Of course, many years ago, vinyl was the primary way in which people listened to music. With the rise of more advanced technology, there was a decline in the sale of records. Because of this, several record stores had to close their doors. But, a few years ago, records had a comeback and since then, the industry has thrived. Although independent record stores should always be supported, RSD is a day to show a little extra love to some of your local record shops. Below is a list of local record stores which will be participating in the annual event:
- Breakaway Records-Austin
- Exploded Records at Juiceland-Austin
- Groover’s Paradise Record Shop-Austin
- Waterloo Records-Austin
- End of An Ear- Austin
- Stingray Records-New Braunfels
- Piranha Records – Round Rock
- Hogwild records-San Antonio
- Southtown Vinyl-San Antonio
- Music Connection-San Antonio
- CD Sam-San Antonio
As stated previously, one of the biggest components of record store day are the limited releases, which are split into three categories; exclusive releases, limited run/regional focus releases, and first releases. Below is a list of a few releases set to hit the shelves of independent record stores everywhere:
RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE RELEASES:
Courtney Barnett: Everybody Here Hates You
This 12” inch vinyl features a new track, “Everybody Here Hates You”, on side A and a track released last year, “Small Talk”, on side B
Broken Social Scene: Let’s Try the After Vol.1 & 2
Let’s Try the After is split into two EPs which each feature five brand new songs from the Canada-based band. These EPs are the follow-up to the band’s last album, Hug of Thunder.
Chicano Batman: Black Lipstick
On special 12” dark blue vinyl, Chicano Batman are releasing two never before heard tracks “Scab” and “Portal of Yarn” along with an instrumental version of their song, “Black Lipstick”.
Death Grips: Steroids (Crouching Tiger Hidden Gabber Megamix)
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Gabber” (a 22-minute track) and “More than the fairy” were originally two digital singles but in honor of RSD 2019, Death Grips are doing a physical release of the two songs.
Devo: This Is The Devo Box
This deluxe boxed set contains all of Devo’s albums released between 1978 and 1984. This set is one of the most exclusive of RSD as each album is pressed on different color vinyl and is limited to 3,000 copies worldwide.
Fleetwood Mac :The Alternative Fleetwood Mac
This LP will include early takes and versions from the band’s 1975 self-titled album.
Idles: Meat EP/Meta EP Balley Records
In 2015, Idles released 2nd their EP, Meat. For the first time ever, the EP will be released on vinyl. The EP features four tracks on side A and remixes of the songs on side B.
Modest Mouse: Poison The Well Epic Records
The band is releasing two brand new songs, “Poison the Well” and “I’m Still Here” on triangular mint green 12” vinyl.
Anderson .Paak: Bubblin’ Aftermath
Exclusively on cream colored 7” vinyl Anderson .Paak is releasing his song “Bubbiln’” along with a remix which features Busta Rhymes.
Robyn: Body Talk
In 2010, Robyn released two EPs, Body Talk Pt. 1 & Body Talk Pt. 2. For the first time, tracks from both EPs will be pressed on 180 Gram white vinyl. In addition to this the vinyl will include an acoustic version of “Stars 4-Ever”.
Allen Stone: Naturally (EP)
This four track EP will feature four of the latest tracks from singer-songwriter Allen Stone and will be pressed on limited edition brown vinyl. One of the tracks is a new song titled “Naturally”.
Moses Sumney: Black In Deep Red
Back in 2014, Moses Sumney attended a protest right after the officer involved in the Mike Brown murder was not charged. Soon after the protest, Sumney took a trip to the mountains. This trip resulted in the three songs on this limited-edition vinyl.
Wallows: “Trust Fall”/”Just Like A Movie”
This 7” single will feature two unreleased tracks, “Trust Fall” and “Just Like A Movie”, which were both recorded during the process of the band’s newest album, Nothing Happens. The two exclusive tracks will be pressed on transparent yellow vinyl.
The White Stripes: Candy Cane Child Third Man Records 3″Vinyl 2000
In 2008, The White Stripes released eight singles on 3” records along with an inchophone turntable. What made these singles so special were the 3” records which were only available for sale during the band’s Get Behind Me Satan tour. These records originated in Japan in the early 2000s. This exclusive box set will feature six 3” records with singles from the band’s back catalog.
LIMITED RUN/REGIONAL RELEASES
Hockey Dad: Dreamin’ Kanine
This release is the first US vinyl release of the band’s newest album. This will include two bonus tracks and will be pressed on glow in the dark vinyl!
RECORD STORE DAY FIRST RELEASES:
Julien Baker: “Red Door”/”Conversation Piece”
This red 7” vinyl will feature Baker’s first solo recordings in over a year. The first track is a studio recording of her song “Red Door” and the second is an unreleased version of the song “Conversation Piece”, from her Turn Out the Lights Session.
Dr Dog: Live 2 We Buy
This LP will feature live versions of songs from the band’s most recent albums, Critical Equation (2018) and Abandon Mansions (2019).
The Flaming Lips: King’s Mouth
This is the release of the band’s 15th studio album. The 4000 copies of the new album will be pressed on gold vinyl and will not be available again on vinyl until July 15th.
Gorillaz: The Fall
Back in 2010, Gorillaz released their fourth album, The Fall, as a surprise gift for members of their fan club. It was then officially released in 2011. Jump to 2019 where the band is releasing the album for the first time on vinyl in North America.
Lord Huron: The Night We Met
This 7” record includes a special version of the band’s song “The Night We Met” featuring Phoebe Bridgers.
Santigold: I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions
In 2018, Santigold released her spontaneous, mixtape-style album. For RSD 2019, she is releasing this album for the first time on colored vinyl.
Soccer Mommy: For Young Hearts
Sohpie Allison, or better known as Soccer Mommy, released her first EP, For Young Hearts on Bandcamp back in 2016. For RSD 2019, the singer-songwriter is releasing the EP on green smoke vinyl. The vinyl will include lyrics and a custom poster.
Stars: Sad Robots
This release is the debut vinyl edition of the band’s 2008 EP, Sad Robots. The six song EP will be pressed on 180g seafoam green vinyl.
Swervedriver: “Think I’m Gonna Feel Better”/”Reflections”
This release will feature two unreleased recordings, “Think I’m Gonna Feel Better” and “Reflections”. The two songs will be pressed on clear, 12” vinyl.
Ana Tijoux: La Bala
In 2012, Ana Tijoux released her third full length album. This is the first time the album will be released on (colored) vinyl.
Weezer: Dusty Gems and Raw Nuggets
This release marks the first pressing of the band’s deluxe bonus tracks from the 1994 self-titled album.
If you’ve got some free time on Saturday, April 13, I highly recommend going out to your local record shop and participate in the festivities which RSD brings. Whether you purchase a vinyl or catch a live performance, every year of RSD is one which is unforgettable.
Featured image by Iliana Ramirez.